Before prescribing antibiotics physicians examine patients and determine their exact symptoms to identify the condition. Only bacterial infections should be treated with antibiotics. For some minor cases the use of antibiotics on the first stages is not recommended. Still if the condition deteriorates, the use of antibiotics is needed.
When the diagnosis is made a doctor prescribes an antibiotic correct for each individual case. Sometimes the application of antibiotic can be corrected or the other antibiotic is recommended.
A culture can be taken to understand if bacteria are causing the infection. In more serious cases when hospitalization is needed, special test on susceptibility of bacteria to antibiotics is taken.
Some types of antibiotic drugs are useful for the particular bacteria. If the cause of the infection is unclear, but suspected to be due to bacteria, the physician can suggest using stronger wide-spectrum antibiotic to suppress a large variety of bacteria.
Women can be more prone to antibiotic actions because they kill or suppress normal bacteria in the vagina. So, vaginal yeast infections can start developing after antibiotic treatment. Women often experience burning during urination, vaginal discharge and other symptoms of yeast infection. Doctors often recommend women during the treatment with antibiotics to use other medications or soon after the treatment with antibiotic drug to use antifungal medication.
Women should also remember that antibiotics can make birth control pills ineffective.
Pregnant women should not use antibiotics without first consulting a doctor. Some antibiotics can be very dangerous for the unborn baby.
If your doctor prescribes you Levofloxacin, you should know that there is a low possibility of bacteria to resist to this antibiotic. It is very effective and produces expanded gram-positive spectrum of activity.
Levofloxacin appears to be active against anaerobes, has a great effectiveness against lower respiratory tract pathogens.
Doctors often prescribe Levofloxacin for the treatment of nosocomial pneumonia. Besides, the medicine is effective against atypical respiratory pathogens such as Legionella pneumophila, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydophila pneumoniae and resistant pneumococci.
Levofloxacin is often the drug of choice for patients with liver disease who are contraindicated to use other types of antibiotics.
The medicine does not interact with alcohol. Still its use with alcohol is not recommended.
If you start using this antibiotic you should be watchful for some of its possible side effects. It can increase the risk of tendon ruptures and postpone the healing of fractures especially in people of older age or taking corticosteroids.
Some people may experience arrhythmia and prolongation of the QT interval during use of Levofloxacin.
Patients with diabetes should control the level of blood sugar during the treatment with this antibiotic as it may increase the risk of dysglycemia.